AceShowbiz - Chuck Liddell has filed for divorce from his wife Heidi Northcott. The former UFC star submitted the legal papers to the court days after he was taken into police custody for alleged domestic violence.
The 51-year-old former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion submitted the documents at a courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday, October 15, per TMZ report. His divorce filing came after he was taken into custody on October 11 after the authorities stated that he had been involved in a physical argument with his wife. The responding cops said that they got a call from his Hidden Hills home "regarding a family disturbance."
"Upon arrival deputies determined Chuck Liddell and his wife had been involved in a physical altercation," the sheriff's department explained. "Mr. Liddell was arrested for domestic battery." Following the alleged altercation, his wife reportedly did not require any medical attention.
As for Chuck, he was sent behind bars with bail set at $20,000. Later that day, however, the former martial artist was released from jail. When he walked out of the Lost Hills sheriff's department, he could be seen pumping his fist into the air as he entered a Mercedes-Benz awaiting his arrival.
Shortly after his release, Chuck took to his Instagram account to speak out about his arrest, insisting that he was the victim. "Last night the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies who responded were professional. While the information about this case will be revealed in due course, I believe it is important to convey and clarify a few facts about the situation," so said the former MMA star.
Chuck further stated that he "was the victim of the incident" and promised that "details of the case will reveal." He also shared that "the deputies informed [him] that [his] wife would be arrested." Offering more details, he added, "As I did not respond to her assault while I sustained bruising and lacerations. I volunteered to go in her place."
"This was one of the many times I have tried to shield a family mental health issue from the public purview," his statement continued. "It has become painfully apparent that this cannot continue, as our private life has now reached a public breaking point." He went on to ask the public to "respect [their] privacy as [he helps] to navigate [his] family through this difficult time."